Garden of the Andes

Recent Tasting Notes

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I’m pretty interested in this one. Rosehips are something I’ve always liked, but haven’t experienced much as a tea ingredient. It seems like being paired with hibiscus wouldn’t be a bad idea. They’re both tart and fruity, after all. But I’m already wishing for a black tea base.

The dry bag smells like hibiscus and cherries. Maybe a bit like a sour apple, too. As it brews, the water changes to a bright red-orange. I tend to use a white or clear mug when I’m brewing a new tea so I can see it properly. Am I the only one that does that?

The tea’s scent as I sip reminds me of apples and oranges at the same time. It’s quite sour without sweetener, and even with a little, it remains that way. It’s also very fruity, and the hibiscus is for once not smothering the other ingredients. The rosehips remind me so much of dried apple slices. Or unspiced apple chips. Honestly, though, it’s not the boldest experience… it makes me want to see how other companies are doing this combination, or something similar.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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This is your standard herbal mint tea. Composed of only dried peppermint, it leaves my mouth cool and refreshed, even though I’m drinking it hot. Sure, it’s not the best mint tea I’ve ever had, but it gets the job done. It’s a simple, no-nonsense, no frills drink.

The taste isn’t overwhelmingly minty, and it has a sort of savory/creamy, kinda buttery aftertaste that’s difficult to describe. It sort of reminds me of those after dinner mints. The softer ones that melt quickly in your mouth. While this is soothing, it leaves me wanting something a little stronger. Maybe I should have given it another minute to steep. I’m not sure.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Alright, carrying on with chamomile. But I get the feeling from this tea’s official description that it might not be a shining example. “An excellent quality product”, you say? Hmmm.

Well, it smells like honey to me. Honey and dried grass. The first sip makes me suddenly realize what I have been tasting in herbal “bedtime” teas all these years. So that’s what chamomile tastes like by itself. It’s actually pretty pleasant! It has an vanilla-like quality to it, especially in the aftertaste. In fact, I’d like to taste this in a vanilla blend. I bet some tea company is making that. Must investigate.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Ze_Teamaker

I still need to try it on its own as well.

Tabby

Glad I’m not the only one around here.

Ashley Bain

being a fan of celestial seasonings honey vanilla chamomile makes me want to find a blend in loose leaf out there that’s similar. chamomile and vanilla pair nicely.

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A review of Rosehip Herb (100% organic) Tea by Garden of the Andes

Company: Garden of the Andes
Tea Name: Rosehip Herb Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: pinkish red
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

This tea is a lovely pinkish/red color and the tea’s aroma is a mixture of floral and citrusy blend. I seem to taste the hibiscus before anything else, as I am met with a citrusy-zest taste upon sipping of the tea.

Overall, the tea has a lovely color; it is clear with a light herbal concoction of hibiscus and rosehip. Tea is sweet with a citrus base finish.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A review of 100% Organic Rosehip Herb Tea by Garden of the Andes

Date: 11/14/2012
Company: Garden of the Andes
Tea Name: 100% Organic Rosehip Herb Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: pinkish red/ light cranberry
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I am having this tea as my morning cup of energy since I must go out into the world and try once again to find employment; knowing all the while I will be met with no. I take on tea bag and put this in my cup and fill it with boiling water and leave to steep for five minutes. After the set time I take my tea and find it to be a lovely pink grapefruit color and smells wonderfully of hibiscus and rosehips. When I sip and sip this tea, first it is slightly on the salty side/ acidic like but mellows out eventually to fruity/citrus like flavoring. This tea is not unsweetened but non-astringent with a natural citrus sweetness to be found in plants like Rosehips fruits, and Hibiscus plant.

It is a lovely tea and one to be compared with Rooibos since it seems similarly in coloring. I mean this tea makes me think of Rooibos teas.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A review of 100% Organic Rosehip Herb Tea by Garden of the Andes

Date: 11/08/2012
Company: Garden of the Andes
Tea Name: Rosehip Herb Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: Inviting rose with pinkish hues
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: I pour boiling water over one tea bag that is in my cup and left to steep for a few minutes. Teas’ aroma is a lovely floral bouquet of hibiscus and rose hip and when I am finally having a sip of this tea I am met with a citrus flavor that is balance of the hibiscus herb plant and of that of the Rosehip fruits.

This tea has no Chamomile but it does have the soothing aspect of a cup of Chamomile tea with lemon. It is most soothing and relaxing as I try to make dinner and await the onslaught of unpleasantness that is in my life right now. I live always at the expense of another; having no control over my emotions; an example is the typing of these words to indicate as much; when there need not be a mentioning.

I am grateful always for that cup of warmth that is to be found in the taking of tea/having tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Having a safe place to vent is important. I don’t think you’ll find a one of us who hasn’t used a tasting note to unload some frustration.

And..do you know what? I am a hibiscus hater, but the way you describe this is so delicate and inviting, you’ve almost got me convinced to give it another try ;)

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A review of 100% Organic Rosehip Herb Tea by Garden of the Andes

Date: 11/04/2012
Company: Garden of the Andes
Tea Name: 100% Organic Rosehip Herb Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light red / plumeria
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

Note: This is a lovely tea to have when one is feeling lull, drained with no energy. It is similar to Rooibos tea but not as strong.

I take the tea bag and put this in my cup and I pour the boiling water into my cup and left to steep for five minutes. The air is filled with the scent that is hibiscus and rosehip and this makes for a floral bouquet. Teas’ color is pinkish at first and when held under the light it is like plumeria with specs of rosehips.

Tea taste tangy and refreshing with a citrus undertone. This tea has high concentration of Vitamin C because of the hibiscus plant; providing also good source of calcium and riboflavin, all things that are good for the bones/joints, to obtaining maximum energy and support.

I mean that this tea makes you want to get up and do something; or to be contemplative about doing something.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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A review of Rosehip Herb Tea by Garden of the Andes

Date: 10/27/2012
Company: Garden of the Andes
Tea Name: Rosehip Herb Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Region: Chile’s Andes Mountain
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: soft rose color
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: five minutes

Note: I selected this tea while at the grocers today, or perhaps it selected me since pricing indicated only a few left and it was half price. So I was directed to purchase this tea from Chile.

I had chai tea in the morning and continued with this theme upon returning home. This evening, with my meal it is this Rosehip tea with its hibiscus aroma and a licorice sweetly taste on my palette to help me along while savoring the noodles I am having. I realize now, I like my noodles with Oolong teas or green teas. No matter, this rosehip is quite nice.

The wording on packaging best describes this tea: Straight from our Garden to you” for exquisite flavor and aroma. True enough!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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